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Posted: September 25, 2018|
Cooking with your kids is an excellent way to teach them an essential life skill, spend quality time with them, pass on family recipes, and get them curious about trying new foods. However, the kitchen has many potential hazards that little ones should be aware of. At Reno’s Appliance, we are kitchen experts and have compiled this list of 8 tips that you can use to teach kitchen safety for kids.
Always Ask an Adult
This may seem obvious, but as your kids get more comfortable and independent in the kitchen, they may forget to ask permission before they start to cook. Or, excited little chefs may want to surprise the family with a homemade treat. Remind kids that an adult has to be present with them in the kitchen at all times.
Wash Your Hands
Every parent probably already tells their child to wash their hands about 20 times a day. However, it’s especially important that kids understand that germs on their hands can be transferred to food when cooking. Always have them wash well before meal prep starts.
Use a Potholder
Kids may not realize how hot a dish may be when it is first pulled out of the oven. Help prevent burns by making sure they know how to properly use a potholder.
Roll Up Your Sleeves
Kids should literally roll up their sleeves before they begin work. Long hair should be tied back as well. This will help keep sleeves and hair strands from getting snagged on something, dipping into food, or worse yet, catching fire.
Be Safe with Knives
Knowing about the dangers of knives is a major part of kitchen safety for kids. Make sure that your children know to only pick up knives by their handles and to never point them at anyone. Kids should only use knives when they have been given permission to do so. Give younger kids plastic knives to work with so they can learn proper cutting techniques before moving on to kitchen knives.
Ask Before You Lick
Who doesn’t love to lick icing or cake batter off the spoon? However, make sure your kids know that they have to ask before they can lick. Otherwise, they might consume raw ingredients that can make them sick.
Practice Stove Safety
Proper kitchen safety for kids wouldn’t be complete without addressing the dangers associated with stoves. Remind kids to keep potholders, paper towels, dish towels and other flammable materials away from cook tops. Demonstrate how to position pots so the handles are facing in. Finally, teach kids that baking soda or flour should be used to douse the flames of a stove top fire – never water.
Clean Up is Essential
Cooking in the kitchen is always tons of fun. But cleaning? Not so much. However, proper clean up is an essential part of kitchen safety for kids. Kids should make sure the oven and burners are completely turned off. All food should be properly stored and refrigerated. All spills should be cleaned up. Finally, any surfaces or utensils that handled raw meat or eggs should be properly sanitized.
Teaching kitchen safety for kids early on will help instill good kitchen habits that will stay with them into adulthood.
Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.
Posted: September 18, 2018|
Stainless steel kitchen appliances are durable, attractive, and never go out of style, which is why they are so incredibly popular. Although stainless steel appliances have a reputation for being scratch-resistant, that doesn’t mean scratches will never appear. As sturdy as it is, stainless steel can acquire unsightly scratches over time.
Fortunately, it is possible to successfully remove scratches from stainless steel and get your appliances looking like new. Follow the steps below to get scratch-free surfaces.
For Light Scratches
- Before you begin to actually tend to the scratch, clean the appliance, or at least clean the area around the damage. There are a few different ways to clean stainless steel, but one of the easiest and most effective methods is to first spray your appliance liberally with white vinegar. Then, wipe the vinegar off with a microfiber cloth. Finally, dip your cloth in a little bit of olive oil or mineral oil and wipe in the direction of the grain to reveal a nice shine.
- Now that you have a clean working surface, you can use a powdered scratch removal compound to address the scratch. Add a few drops of water to the compound to create a paste that’s roughly the consistency of toothpaste. You can also choose to skip this step if you purchase a pre-mixed compound.
- Apply a small amount of the scratch remover compound to a microfiber cloth and then very gently rub it back and forth over the scratch, working in the direction of the grain. It’s essential to rub only in the direction of the grain. If you rub against the grain, you may cause further damage.
- Continue to apply compound as in step 3 until the scratch is gone.
- Once you are satisfied with the results, gently wipe the surface with a fresh, barely damp microfiber cloth to remove any compound residue. Dry with a separate, clean microfiber cloth.
For Deeper Scratches
For larger imperfections that do not respond to the method above, use a stainless steel scratch removal kit, which contains a polishing compound and a set of abrasive pads, and follow these steps:
- Starting with the appropriate grit pad recommended in the instructions, rub the scratch with the grain in one direction only. Rubbing back and forth could cause unattractive circular marks. Use light, but firm pressure, being careful not to rub too hard.
- Move to a smoother grit pad, and continue the buffing process, adding water, or any compounds included in the kit, as called for in the instructions.
- Wipe the surface down with a microfiber cloth to finish the process, buffing the steel to a clean shine.
The steps above are a good guideline, but manufacturers’ instructions may vary. When in doubt, refer to the instructions included with the scratch removal kit.
Keeping Stainless Steel Scratch Free
Once you’ve removed the scratches from your stainless steel appliances, follow these tips to prevent more scratches from forming.
- Always wipe your appliances with the grain, never against the grain. Even if you’re just wiping it down with a damp towel, always go with the grain for best results.
- Never use steel wool or abrasive pads for regular cleaning and maintenance. Always use a soft microfiber cloth.
- Protect your stainless steel sink with a rubber dish mat when washing heavy pots by hand. Just be sure to remove the mat when finished so that water won’t remain trapped underneath.
- Avoid using magnets directly on stainless steel refrigerators, which can cause tiny scratches over time.
- Be mindful of where you use knives in the kitchen. Don’t cut directly on a stainless steel countertop or too close to stainless steel appliances.
- Never rest any pot, glass, or utensil directly on top of a stainless steel appliance.
If you’ve got scratches in your stainless steel appliances, then don’t think all hope is lost. With the steps above, you can restore the beauty of each appliance in your kitchen. But if you think it’s time for an appliance upgrade, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have every home appliance you will possibly need in an array of attractive finishes, including stainless steel. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly sales experts.
Posted: September 13, 2018|
If you’re interested in buying a new kitchen range, then you’re probably thinking about the pros and cons of gas vs. electric ranges. Both types of ranges have advantages and disadvantages, depending on what your needs and preferences are. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re range experts and can help you sort out the gas vs. electric debate so you can choose the right appliance for your home.
Pros of Gas Stoves
The biggest advantage of a gas range is the control you have when cooking. When it comes to the cooktop, you get instant heat—just turn on the flame and your pot or pan will be hot in seconds. Plus, you’ll be able to raise or lower the temperature instantly, which means more precise control while cooking. The flames produced by a natural gas stove spread themselves along the bottom and sides of the pan, cooking food more evenly and quickly.
A gas oven heats up and cools down faster than an electric oven. Warming begins as soon as you turn on the gas. Equally, cooking will stop just as soon as the gas is turned off. As a result, far less energy is consumed with a gas vs. electric stove.
Gas stoves also have a longer life span than electric ovens. Once you buy a gas oven, you’ve definitely made a long-term, if not a lifetime, investment.
Cons of Gas Stoves
The most immediate drawback to a gas stove is the purchase price. Gas stoves do come in a range of prices, but are typically more expensive than electric stoves. On top of that, if you don’t already have a gas line in your kitchen, you’ll have to have one installed, which of course adds significant costs. But these are one-time expenditures and maintenance costs are low once everything is set up.
Pros of Electric Stoves
Electric stoves are fairly easy to operate, and less expensive to purchase, which makes them good choices for people who don’t spend as much time in the kitchen. Also, there’s no need for a gas line in your kitchen, so that cost is completely eliminated.
Most electric stoves sold today have a sleek, glass cooktop instead of those coiled cooking elements you may associate with electric stoves. These cooktops not only look great, but they are easy to clean. There’s no need to remove a burner ring to wipe up a hardened spill. If you do have a stove with a coiled heating element, then they can be easily replaced if they get damaged.
Cons of Electric Stoves
Although less expensive to purchase than gas stoves, electric stoves use more energy, which means higher energy bills. Their main downside, however, is a slow change in heat. You have to wait for them to heat up when you turn them on, and changes in temperature occur slowly, giving you less control than with a gas stove. Precise results can be hard to achieve.
If you live in an area that has frequent power outages, then your stove will be inoperable during those times. Even some backup generators aren’t enough to power electric stoves.
The Bottom Line
So what’s the answer in the gas vs. electric debate? Honestly, there’s no absolute right or wrong answer. Gas stoves probably fit most people’s lives if they cook the majority of meals at home with their family. But if you don’t do much cooking and just need something inexpensive to boil water for tea, fry an egg, or bake potatoes, then an electric stove might be the better option.
If you’re ready to buy a new range, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff.
Posted: September 10, 2018
Nothing lasts forever, but most things can last longer if you take care of them. Clothes are no exception. Washing your clothes correctly will increase their lifespan and save you a ton of money when compared to buying new ones. In fact, washing fabrics incorrectly is one of the biggest laundry mistakes people make. At Reno’s Appliance, we are laundry appliance experts and wanted to give you a fabric wash guide for these seven popular fabrics.
Acetate is man-made and is often found blended with other fibers to create beautiful, easy-to-drape clothing. However, acetate is also a weak fiber and can be easily damaged by twisting, wringing, or heat. Hand wash garments containing acetate fibers in cold water or use the gentle cycle of your washing machine. Allow acetate items to air dry and if ironing is needed, turn the garment inside out and use a low-heat setting.
A natural fiber, cotton is prone to shrinking, so wash cotton garments in cold water unless the item has been pre-shrunk. Cotton items that are pre-shrunk may be washed in hot, warm, or cold water, depending the care label recommendations. Cold-water washing will protect the deep color of cotton jeans and preserve brightly colored garments. Dry cotton garments on low heat and remove while still slightly damp to avoid shrinkage.
Linen is a natural fiber, made from the flax plant. Check the care label on your linen garments to determine whether it must be dry-cleaned. If machine-washable, wash according to label instructions. Know that linen absorbs more water during washing than other fibers, so be sure not to put too many linen garments in the wash at one time. Dry linen items on a cool setting and if ironing is needed, turn the garment inside out and use a low-heat setting.
Polyester fibers create colorful, durable, easy-care garments. Most polyester fabrics may be machine-washed using warm water. Tumble dry polyester garments on low heat. Remove them from the dryer while they're still slightly damp to prevent wrinkles and avoid a static buildup. If ironing is required, use a low-heat setting. Polyester is a synthetic fabric and will melt beneath a hot iron.
While silk fiber itself is washable, many weave patterns used for silk fabric will tighten or pucker if washed, and colors may fade. Read the label instructions carefully. Some silk garments are dry clean only. For those that can be washed, your best bet is to hand wash using warm water and a detergent designed for delicate fabrics. Mild baby shampoo is also an effective, but gentle silk cleanser. Never put silk garments in the dryer. Instead, roll the item in a towel to press out moisture, and then hang to dry. Press silk garments with a warm iron.
While spandex is hand- or machine-washable, avoid hot water and chlorine bleach. Both will damage the spandex fibers. The heat of the dryer can cause some spandex blends to pucker or bubble. Hang spandex garments to dry, and avoid machine drying. If ironing is necessary, press the item quickly with a warm iron.
Sheep give us wool, a soft and warm fiber that’s naturally insulating, easy to dye, and extremely versatile. Wool fibers are machine washable, but many wool garments can’t be washed due to the ways they are constructed. Dry-clean wool clothing if instructed on the label. If not dry-clean only, use a gentle detergent and wash by hand or use the gentle-cycle on your machine. Lukewarm water is best as cold water causes wool to shrink.
These fabric wash tips will help make sure your clothes look great and last as long as possible. Another way to make your clothes last longer is to upgrade your washing machine. Come to Reno’s Appliance and speak to any member of our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff. They’ll listen to your needs and recommend a product from our extensive inventory of world-class washing machine brands that are known for dependability and durability like Electrolux, Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, and many others. Reno’s also carries a full line of parts and accessories to keep your appliance running right.
Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances
Posted: September 04, 2018|
Your dishwasher is a wonderful appliance. It gets your plates, utensils, and mugs squeaky clean while saving you a ton of time. But as great as dishwashers are, there are some kitchen items that aren’t dishwasher safe. Whether it's due to the size of the item or the materials it’s made of, it's better to wash certain things you use in the kitchen by hand rather than risk ruining your dishwasher or your kitchenware.
Here’s a list of 11 things that are not dishwasher safe:
Cast iron skillets need to be seasoned before you use them, which consists of coating the cooking surface with cooking oil and then placing the skillet in a 350-degree oven for 60 minutes. If you were to put your skillet in the dishwasher, then you’re washing all of the oil away and you’ll need to season it all over again. Instead, rinse it by hand with warm water (but no detergent) or scrub the cooking surface with salt to remove stuck-on food and debris.
The hot water and the heated dry cycle create harsh conditions for your mixing spoons, spatulas, or any other tool with wood on it. Over time, these wooden utensils will warp and split, which means you’ll be buying new ones. You’re better off washing these by hand.
Wooden Cutting Boards
Much like with wooden utensils, hot dishwasher water will ruin your wooden cutting board. However, you want to be sure that you give your cutting board a deep clean, especially if you use it as a surface for raw meat. Use a mixture of 3/4 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water to scrub it clean by hand.
If you have any antique china or heirlooms, then they are definitely not dishwasher safe. Exposure to hot water, detergents, and even slight vibrations can cause these delicate treasures to chip. In addition, any gold trim or hand-painted details may flake off.
Garlic presses may help speed up meal prep, but you’ll need to slow down and wash them by hand. The dishwasher won’t damage the press, but it also won’t get it completely clean because the crushed garlic sticks to the gadget’s tiny crevices. You’ll have to wash it by hand to ensure it’s totally spotless.
Just like the garlic press, dishwashers won’t hurt the cheese grater, but little bits of cheese might still be stuck in the holes even after a cycle in dishwasher. Instead, use soap and a sponge to wash it by hand.
Your favorite insulated travel mug is not dishwasher safe. Dishwashers destroy the mug’s insulation leaving you with cold coffee or tea. Definitely not cool.
Jars with Labels Still on Them
Glass jam or pasta sauce jars are dishwasher safe. Just make sure you remove the paper label and any adhesive remnants before running it through the dishwasher. Bits of paper can get stuck in the dishwasher’s filter, which can lead to a larger dishwasher disaster and costly repairs.
Copper Pots and Pans
Half of the appeal of copper cookware is the color. But the copper surfaces will dull if washed in the dishwasher. Hand wash your copper mugs, pots, and pans instead.
Cookware with Burnt-On Stains
So you let the potatoes sit in the oven for a little too long and now you have dark, stubborn crust on your glass baking dish. As much as we would love the dishwasher to take care of it, tough, baked on gunk can never get completely eradicated by the dishwasher. It’ll take some detergent, a sponge, and elbow grease to tackle that mess.
Keep your crystal punch bowl and glasses far, far away from the dishwasher. The high water temperature may leave your crystal chipped, cracked, or dull.
If you’re in need of a dishwasher then come to Reno’s Appliance. Reno’s is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others.
Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.